In what police are calling a “bizarre” kidnapping attempt, a Stoughton man grabbed a 6-year-old Brockton boy in a crowded city Walmart and ran through the store with the child under his arm, said Brockton Detective Capt. Emanuel Gomes.
Vadym Golina, 40, of Stoughton was arrested immediately after the incident, which occurred Thursday morning about 11:24. The child, who lives in Brockton and was at the store with his aunt, was unharmed.
“It's bizarre,” said Gomes. “These people are not known to each other.”
Witnesses told police the man grabbed the boy, tucked him under his arm and ran through the store with him. A group of witnesses, including the boy’s aunt, who had been watching him at the time of the incident, chased the man into another part of the store, screaming, until he released the boy, Gomes said.
Security staff at Walmart alerted Brockton police, who arrested the man while he was still in the store, said Gomes.
The suspect told police the aisle was clogged with people and he was trying to move the boy. But Gomes said that story did not match the accounts of eyewitnesses.
The man also told police that he was an engineer who works in Walpole. He is a Ukrainian national who has lived in the United States for 10 years, said Gomes.
Golina was charged with kidnapping and assault and battery of a child.